Synopsis: It’s 1982. Twelve-year old Doug’s Father has mysteriously vanished. With his Mother distraught Doug takes the case into his own hands, leading him to discover his Dad’s secret collection of illicit video nasties. Determined these videos will help him find his Dad, Doug embarks on a desperate quest, infiltrating the strange world of video nasties in an attempt to reunite his family through a patchwork of horror.

From the Director’s Statement:

I’m fascinated by this era of moral panic, when VHS first became available in the home and a boom in low budget horror ensued.

What was this new way of consuming horror going to do to our society? Many believed it would turn us into monsters. In a way, I sought to satirize this thinking, exploring what the world would be like if these headlines were true. What is the power of fiction? Where does its influence over reality begin and end? I was interested in these questions, and in finding ways to show fiction invading reality – mundane suburbia and the vivid world of VHS horror colliding. I wanted to boil down some of the issues surrounding Video Nasty’s and place them within the context of the family.”

nasty short film leeds independent film festival 2016

Nasty (UK)
Prano Bailey-Bond
6 mins

Nasty (UK) will be screened at No Gloss Film Festival 2016.